I am truly honored to serve as your District Governor during the 2020-2021 Rotary year. Together, we will continue to serve our communities and the world through proven projects and events as well as innovative new ones that address the ever-changing needs and priorities that we are encountering.
Since I began my Rotary journey, I have been impressed and inspired first by the contributions and accomplishments of my own club, then by the clubs in my area, and now by the 73 clubs in our district. I have really enjoyed getting to know the members, the clubs and the leaders of District 5160.
While we all share a commitment to Service Above Self and being People of Action, what I have found most gratifying is how each club recognizes the needs in its community and responds quickly, efficiently and effectively to meet those needs. If only every business and organization could be as responsive as Rotary clubs and members!
Our ability to be innovative and responsive has been tested since March 2020 but, thanks to the outstanding leadership and efforts of 2019-2020 DG Tina Akins, her AGs and Club Presidents, we have risen to the occasion. We will continue to be tested during the new Rotary year. I have been encouraged by and proud of what clubs and individual Rotarians have done to support their communities. And even though clubs haven’t been able to meet in person, nearly all of our clubs are meeting on-line and keeping members connected to each other.
I am confident that we, as individual Rotarians and as clubs, will continue to recognize local needs and respond quickly. To financially support projects in our communities, our district and around the world, I am also confident that we will continue to donate to The Rotary Foundation. And I am confident that we will Tell Our Rotary Story and reach out and invite friends, neighbors and colleagues to join us and help us Grow Rotary. Because now, more than ever before, Rotary Opens Opportunities!
THANK YOU for all you continue to do. Here’s to a successful and rewarding new Rotary year!
Best Rotary regards,
District Governor 2020-2021